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Ileostomy management

Learning to care for your ileostomy may seem hard at first, but with practice and time it will become second nature, just like shaving or bathing.

There is no one way to take care of an ileostomy. This guide offers you tips and ideas for managing your ileostomy. Discuss these ideas with your doctor or ostomy nurse and adapt them to your needs. Give new things a fair trial, but do not keep doing them if they do not make you more comfortable. Use your recovery time to learn and try different things so that you can find what works best for you.

In our society, bathroom needs are kept private. Talking about stool and bowel movements can be awkward or uncomfortable. This is often true for a person with an ileostomy. But while you learn how to deal with the changes that have been made, you may need help and advice. A good sense of humor and common sense are needed when changes in body function take place. Be confident. You can learn the new system. Before long you again will be in control.

Last Medical Review: 03/17/2011
Last Revised: 03/17/2011